The East Bendigo Community Hall is one of two voting booths in Bendigo providing a quiet room for voters to vote.
Between preparing for “democracy bangers,” Bendigo Amateur Radio and Electronics Club secretary Don Butler told the Bendigo Advertiser that the accessible voting booth has been a success so far.
“I think it’s very important that you have the ability to have a quiet space here where you can register your vote,” he said.
“It’s one thing to follow the cards how to vote and [have a] ‘pick and browse’ kind of thing.
“But if you want to put your own thoughts into place — especially with the lengthy Senate document — I think a silent voting booth is an advantage.”
Lunchtime rush at Eppalock Primary School
After reporting that several voting booths were quite quiet, voters were a little shocked at the large queue that awaited them when they arrived at Eppalock Primary School at lunchtime.
At around 1 p.m. this afternoon, there was an estimated 30-minute wait before Bendigonians could vote.
The biggest line in comparison was Weeroona College around 10am. Elsewhere – including Maiden Gully Primary School and Lightning Reef Primary School – crowds weren’t as large.
“Energising”: last boost after months of campaign
Bendigo’s LIBERAL candidate, Darin Schade, cast his ballot in Bendigo.
He was at his old school, Lightning Reef Primary in North Bendigo, a block or two from his childhood home.
“I still have the scars on my knee from leaving my bike on Holdsworth Road, on the corner there, on the way to school,” Mr Schade said.
“It was a great place to grow up.”
Mr Schade has spent much of the past two weeks manning voting booths for up to 12 hours a day, which he says has been invigorating.
“I have to admit that I wondered if my enthusiasm would wear off in those two weeks,” he said.
“But it’s been more and more energizing.”
Why the Greens candidate was asked to remove his badge before voting
Greens candidate for Bendigo, Dr Cate Sinclair, was asked to remove her Greens badge before entering the booths, sparking an interesting conversation about voter influence.
No party t-shirts, badges or volunteers are allowed inside voting booths on election day, so as not to influence voters.
Labor MP for Bendigo Lisa Chesters slams bad behavior in polls
Outgoing Federal Labor MP Lisa Chesters has called for calm after several reported cases of verbal abuse at polling stations in Bendigo on election day.
Ms Chesters, who has held the Victorian Bendigo seat since 2013, said a handful of volunteers were “screamed or yelled at” by members of the public while handing out voting cards.
“It just doesn’t,” she said, “a lot of volunteers do it because they believe in something.”
“These are people, and you wouldn’t yell at someone in a workplace or on the street.
“Respect the people who make our democracy work.”
Candidates vote at the end of their campaign
Greens candidate for Bendigo Cate Sinclair cast her vote this morning at Weeroona College.
Speaking to political journalist Neve Brissenden, Dr Sinclair noted that candidates cannot have advertising inside actual voting centers – something that makes sense but is rarely mentioned.
As all voters know, there is a lot of publicity on the way to the stand from people supporting their candidates.
“It’s probably to let people focus and decide what they’re doing, that’s a good thing,” Dr Sinclair said. “There is enough information out there.”
The sausages begin to sizzle and Bendigo heads for the voting booths
Australians will do a lot for a small piece of meat, slathered in gravy and wrapped in bread. Voting included.
According to the Democracy Sausage website, four sausage sizzles are listed on Bendigo’s voting sites.
Starting at 9:30 a.m., voting centers at St. Paul’s Cathedral, Golden Square Elementary School, Weeroona College in White Hills and Kennington Elementary School have sausage sizzles.
But there will definitely be more.
Happy voting and enjoy your democratic sausage.
The voting booths are starting to fill up, the ADF has spotted the vote
Morning Reader, Chris Pedler here to share some of the color that comes with Election Day.
Polls are now open and I hope the queues are moving quickly.
As a reminder that everyone is voting, members of the Australian Defense Force were lined up in Mitchell, Street, Bendigo, before the polls opened at 8am.
Polling stations will remain open all day until they close at 6 p.m. sharp.
Welcome to Federal Election Day, May 21, 2022
Hello Greater Bendigonians and a Happy Democracy Sausage Day to you.
A few of us here at The Bendigo Advertiser will bring you the latest election news from across the region here, so stay close to this page.
After six long weeks, the time has come for Australians around the world to vote and decide who will be the country’s leader for the next three years.
It’s also time to sink your teeth into a delicious democratic sausage.
But first, a few things to add to your toolkit today:
You will also be happy to know that the region is expecting a beautiful sunny day.
With a maximum temperature of 17 degrees and some light winds, there is no chance of rain on Saturday.
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